Recently, Apple concluded its argument at court defending App Store’s rules and policies in the antitrust case filed by Epic Games. During the course of the trial, many of Apple’s old documents and emails were submitted as evidence by Epic and one such email reveals that Apple had planned to launch a 15-inch MacBook Air, a Mac tablet, and a Super Nano iPod.
The 2007 email shows an internal correspondence between the founder and former CEO Steve Jobs and the executive team. The document covered an elaborated seen points agenda ranging from the global release of iPhone, Apple TV, MacBook, Apple Music, and the never-released 15-inch MacBook Air, Mac tablet, Super Nano iPod for $199, along with other products.
Apple was discussing the launch of 15-inch MacBook Air, Mac tablet, and Super Nano iPod for $199 in 2008
As per the email shared by @TechEmails on Twitter, former CEO Steve Jobs was planning to launch a 15-inch MacBook Air, Mac tablet, and Super Nano iPod for $199 in 2008.
Currently, the 15-inch screen size is reserved for the MacBook Pro lineup, and MacBook Air is only available in a 13-inch variant. Starting in 2014 with the iPod classic, iPod shuffle, and nano in 2017, and with the iPod touch in 2019, the company completely discontinued the iPod lineup. So, its smallest music player ‘Super nano’ was never released.
And there is no news of a Mac tablet ever being built. Maybe, in 2007 Jobs wanted to launch a tablet which was later branded as iPad. Apple launched its first iPad in 2010, three years after this document was written.
Steve Jobs: Apple executive team meeting agenda
August 5, 2007 pic.twitter.com/m9H9PWFIbG
— Internal Tech Emails (@TechEmails) June 2, 2021
Apple loves its privacy and maintains top-notch secrecy of any ongoing or future products, thus an internal email like this, especially with Steve Jobs’ footprints is an exciting piece of information. The old email has handwritten notes with a ‘take steve jobs’ heading. Assuming that they are Mr. Jobs’ side notes, it an instruction for current CEO Tim Cook to review WiFi.
Other internal emails filed by Epic games in reference to App Store revealed that in 2012 the company’s Fellow Phil Schiller was very upset with scam apps on the company’s digital marketplace and his suggestion to reduce the 30% in-app purchase commission rate, and the internal discussion before launching App Store ads.